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By Tracy Deonn
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Publisher Description

An Instant New York Times Bestseller!
Winner of the Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe for New Talent Author Award

Filled with mystery and an intriguingly rich magic system, Tracy Deonn’s YA contemporary fantasy reinvents the King Arthur legend and “braids together Southern folk traditions and Black Girl Magic into a searing modern tale of grief, power, and self-discovery” (Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles).

After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.

A flying demon feeding on human energies.

A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.

And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.

The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.

She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.

1183 Reviews

Surprised Face with Open Mouth“Slow start but it got better. It ends with a cliffhanger.”
Diverse charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writing
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I loved this book so much. Navigating the main characters emotions and self discovery was beautifully written/well done.”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersDescriptive writingTwistyMagical settingComing of ageRacism
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Omg. This book was incredible. I was very unsure at first as it started very slow, but once it picked up, I couldn't put it down! Very good twist at the end. Wasn't expecting that! Great protagonist and amazing side characters.”
Believable charactersDiverse charactersLikable charactersBeautifully writtenAction-packedBeautiful settingDescriptiveEnchantingComing of ageRacism
Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“Finally finished this book in June 2023 after starting it in January and putting it down due to other reads and commitments. So glad I picked it back up! Really enjoyed the surprise ending and already started Bloodmarked!”
Characters change and growColorful personalitiesEasy to readAction-packedWell-researchedComing of ageThought-provokingBigotryMisogynyRacism
Anxious Face with sweat“DNFed @ 25% I don’t like DNFing books but I really think this isn’t for me. There’s too much infodumping and the magic system is complex & hard to follow. The main character is annoying and there’s so much talk about microaggressions & race. I went into it not knowing anything about the plot found out it was about knights of the round table and it just didn’t appeal to my interest at all. Not looking for critical race theory in my fantasy novels either… The bright spot of the story was Selwyn.”
Dense writingDidn't grab my attention

About Tracy Deonn

Tracy Deonn is the #1 New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Legendborn Cycle. She grew up in central North Carolina as a second-generation fangirl, devouring fantasy books and Southern food in equal measure. After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication and performance studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tracy worked in live theater, video game production, and K–12 education. When she’s not writing, Tracy reads comics and fanfic, arranges puppy playdates, and keeps an eye out for ginger-flavored everything. She can be found online at @TracyDeonn and at TracyDeonn.com.

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